Much like a sharply tailored shirt or a perfectly cut tee, a clean, crisp pair of white trainers will never go out of style.
A versatile, timeless and classic staple in every fashion insider’s wardrobe, they can be styled for any and every kind of occasion.
With dress codes now more relaxed than ever, and street and sportswear continuing to influence runway collections at fashion weeks globally, it was inevitable that couture houses and design studios would gradually begin to introduce their own motifs and iterations, putting a new and unique spin on the classic shoe.
Whilst the Common Projects’ Achilles Low and adidas’ Stan Smith have reigned supreme since the turn of the new millennium, in recent seasons the white trainer category has broadened significantly to include both chunky and retro-inspired styles.
But with so many different variations now available, it can be tricky to know which will suit you and your own personal style best. So whether you’re looking to add some edge to a tailored suit, having an off-duty, casual kind of day or putting together a chic, athleisure-style look, we have created the ultimate guide to finding the perfect pair of bright-white sneakers.
SAINT LAURENT MALIBU LOGO SOLE SNEAKER, £335
Crafted in Italy, Saint Laurent’s low-top sneaker is finished with distressed detailing and a hand-drawn signature on the sole.
COMME DES GARÇONS X NIKE AIR MAX 95, £280
Teaming up once again with Nike, Comme des Garçons present this white chunky foamed-panel shoe, with frayed detailing, rippled sidewall and the iconic Air cushioning sole.
ASOS DESIGN TRAINER IN WHITE WITH CHUNKY SOLE, £25
Part of the Ovie Soko Style Edit, ASOS’ white lace-up trainer is sleek and simple in design with a on-trend chunky sole. This pair would make the perfect addition to your everyday wardrobe.
ADIDAS SUPERSTAR W, £75
Considered by many as an icon in the world of sports footwear since the 1970s, the Adidas Superstar has a shell-shaped rubber toe cap, leather upper lining and perforated sidewalls.
NEW BALANCE ML827AAD, £99
A fresh and ultra modern take on one of New Balance’s archival silhouettes, the pure white 927, complete with accented metallic silver discs and appliqué branding, is lined with Abzorb cushioning so you’ll always have a spring in your step.
REEBOK MEN’S EX-O-FIT LO CLEAN LOGO INT GYM SHOES, £32
Reebok go back to basics with the Ex-O-Fit Lo Clean Logo INT – complete with leather upper for supportive comfort, low-cut design for increased mobility and rubber outsole adding extra durability.
BUFFALO LONDON CLASSIC LOWTOP TRAINERS, £120
Made famous by the Spice Girls back in the late ‘90s, Buffalo reworks its classic, chunky trainer – complete with solid platform sole – in white patent, putting on a modern twist on this now-iconic shoe.